Veil of Unknowing

November 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

There are times in which I experience an artist's block. Is my signature style still resonating with what I want to communicate? Do I listen too intently to what others say about my work? Am I truly creative in making a photograph, or, am I merely taking or capturing something that appeals to me at a particular moment in time?

As I was going through some earlier writings of mine, I came across this prose from 21 years ago! What interested me about this writing was the word veil. Veils tend to allow only a partial vision. We are not quite sure what is being felt, seen, heard, or touched.

When I am making a photograph I at times wonder the same thing. What am I actually seeing and how much remains hidden or unknown? How this veil or barrier can be lifted? 

The following is one perspective about veils as they affect our creative work and in many cases certain aspects of our lives.

 

Can the veil between what is known and unknown be lifted to truly see the other?

After all, it is only a veil made by we who insist on being apart from the other side.

Perhaps it is the artist who has felt the veil's rending, if only for a moment's moment.

The artist continues the 'genesis' not through selfish design but by illustrating dreams unfolding.

There is no act more noble. It is a partnership with that of the highest order. 

Feel, see, listen, dream, perform O' artist of creative passion, yours is the flower of all humanity.

 

Adapted from March 14, 1995


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